The 2020 Ella Mile

Sunday, August 23, 2020
500 Block of N. Catherine Avenue, La Grange, IL, USA

Introducing the 2020 Ella Mile – Sunday August 23rd, 10 am
to benefit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) 

Please sponsor a sign and/or donate!

To recognize the 1 in 26 people that will develop epilepsy in their lifetime, we are placing signs every 26 feet along a one-mile route in our neighborhood.  These signs are available for sponsorship at $100 each and then get to be customized by YOU! They can have messages of support, encouragement, epilepsy facts, etc. – you get to customize it!

Not feeling creative or wish to stay anonymous? We’ll be happy to fill your sponsored sign out with some messages of encouragement for you!


On Sunday August 23rd, Ella will walk a one-mile route and see all the signs we have posted!  We would love for all of her amazing supporters to line the sidewalk and cheer her on, wearing a past Ella’s Race t-shirt if you have one.  There will be NO formal program, refreshments, silent auction, etc. this year due to COVID-19. After Ella has walked the mile, we invite you to walk as well, and read all the amazing messages to her.


The one-mile route will begin at the 500 block of N Catherine Ave in La Grange Park, head North on Catherine to Monroe, head west to Spring, head South on Spring to Woodlawn, back east of Catherine, and finally North on Catherine to the finish!

About Ella’s Mile

Ella and her mother running among friends all wearing purple shirts at Ella's Race in 2019

Ella, who is the inspiration for this race

First off, thank you for coming to visit our site! Our 10-year-old daughter Ella has severe epilepsy, and we’re raising money in her honor to help support research in epilepsy. Ella was first diagnosed with epilepsy days after her first birthday. Since that day we have tried approximately 20 different medications, special diets, prolonged hospital stays, surgical consults, second/third/fourth/etc. opinions all in hopes of bringing her seizures under control. Unfortunately, she still has frequent seizures that, when combined with all the medications she takes, have significantly slowed her development. Yet despite the seizures, meds, hospital stays, blood draws, and therapy appointments, Ella’s indelible spirit remains untouched. She continues to be our driving force, attacking each new challenge with a smile. You can learn more about Ella here.

Ella smiling and playing with friends at Ella's Race 2019

We hope to see you there!

Unfortunately, epilepsy’s reach extends far beyond just Ella, affecting 3.4 million Americans, with 200,000 more cases being diagnosed each year. Approximately 50,000 deaths occur from seizures and seizure-related causes in the U.S. each year. Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE funds research grants for young and established investigators around the globe, and we believe these are the people who are going to be able to someday CURE our Ella. Finding a new and novel treatment and changing technology is currently our only hope for Ella to become seizure free. CURE is constantly at the forefront of the epilepsy research community, and they are also very fiscally responsible with all the contributions they receive. We are proud to be volunteers for CURE, and Blake is also a Board Member for the organization. We are very passionate about this cause and believe CURE is the best agency out there to help us and Ella.

Waiver: In consideration of acceptance of this entry, I waive any and all claims for myself and my heirs against officials and sponsors of Ella’s mile for illness and injury which may result directly from my participation.  I further state that I am in proper physical condition to participate in this event. I also give permission for the use of my name and/or picture in any public account of this event. No refunds will be issued.

Goal: $50,000

Current total: $6,210

The black and white word art heart logo is being slowly filled with color as funds are raised.

Honor Roll

  • Debbie Adams
  • Claire Biebel
  • Vanessa Blasco
  • Rosanne Browne
  • Melissa Cepek
  • David A. Cox
  • Blake and Shalee Cunneen
  • Megan Davidson
  • Catherine Dee
  • Dental Loft
  • Lori Deskovich
  • Melissa Diebold
  • Mary Gager
  • Ryan Gruhlke
  • Gemini Gymnastics
  • Jenny Hopkins
  • Megan Janssen
  • Jessica Kiley
  • Bethany Kural
  • Emily Larsen
  • Tricia Maier
  • Nancy Melvin
  • Elizabeth Newman
  • Carolynne Ozanich
  • Barbara Riccio
  • Vanessa Robertson
  • Liz and Jason Roudabush
  • Adlija Santarelli
  • Stephanie Shimerdla
  • Susan C C. Waggener
  • Sara Goggin Young

Total donations raised and Honor Roll updated weekly.